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Dr Savitha Kootil - advisory board member of MyYogaTeacher



Dr. Savitha Elam-Kootil is an advisory board member at MyYogaTeacher, and she practices internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente where she specializes in primary care, chronic disease management, and elder care. She is also a lead physician for depression care management – a primary care initiative to improve patient health.

Raised in Southern India, Dr. Elam-Kootil developed an awareness of yoga early on in her life. After moving to the United States, she began to see a need for the transformative effects of yoga to improve her patients’ mental and physical health.

Having witnessed the benefits of yoga, Dr. Elam-Kootil regularly recommends it to her patients to help with a wide range of issues, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic low back pain, and chronic addictions.

“I tell patients that yoga is not just a physical practice with difficult poses, but also a mental practice that can help with breathing, posture, and feeling better emotionally,” says Dr. Elam-Kootil, who takes a holistic approach towards health.


- J.L.N. Medical College

- Belgaum, Karnataka, India

- Internship at the University of South Carolina Richland Memorial Hospital

- Residency at the Atlanta Medical Center

Professional Accomplishments

- Board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine

- Recipient of Kaiser Permanente’s Golden Stethoscope award

- Board certified in sleep medicine by the American Society of Sleep Medicine

- Clinical hypertension specialist certified by by the American Society of Hypertension.

Current Practice

- Internist at Kaiser Permanente Georgia

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